Call for Papers:
Challenges for Agri-Food Supply Networks.
New Forms of Collaborations in the context of COVID-19


With the cancellation of the 30th IFAMA-WICaNeM 2020 June conference due to the measures implemented worldwide to contain COVID-19, also the need occurred (for a smaller-scale ), a theme-focused conference on the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food.

Agri-food business plays a crucial role and central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities facing agri-food, and it is more evident than before that agri-food supply networks require critical rethinking. New practices and technologies need to be developed and existing ones – adapted, drawing on insights from sectors and industries, some of which not previously engaged in agri-food. The impact of COVID-19 is tremendous, and amongst others, underpins new collaboration patterns in agri-food. As the novel coronavirus and the measures put in place to contain it are striking, the future of agri-food is narrowed down to mitigating the challenges posed by the pandemic, as existing and emerging collaboration patterns are tested to their limits.

For the November IFAMA-WICaNeM conference, the organizers invite participants to discuss and share their vision on how COVID-19 is impacting agri-food supply networks, now and in the future.

For information regarding registration and details on submission of the papers, please check Onepager_New Forms of Collaborations in the context of COVID-19-CFP

Important dates

  • Opening of Abstract Submissions: 31 July 2020
  • Closing of Abstract Submissions: 30 September 2020
  • Announcement of selected papers and sessions: 15 October 2020
  • Registration open: 1 September 2020
  • Conference dates: 26 November 2020

The conference is held in Rotterdam (De Doelen) and is organized by Wageningen University (WICaNeM), Foodlog and LDE Centre for Sustainability (Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities). In collaboration with the other partners involved in IFAMA2020 -Rotterdam: IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association), Municipality of Rotterdam, the Inholland University of Applied Sciences